Vegan Chocolate Chip Bars

Vegan Chocolate Chip Bars

As you have probably noticed I love a good cookie. I like mini cookies, loaded cookies and chocolate cookies. There are times, however, when I don’t feel like making the effort to create individual cookies. My solution is to make cookie bars. I make a quick cookie batter, add it to a greased pan and bake. You can relax or get busy on other kitchen tasks while your bars bake. The resulting vegan chocolate chip bars are delicious.

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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

As I have mentioned Harrison does not consider things that aren’t chocolate dessert. His favorite combination with chocolate is definitely peanut butter. I developed these vegan double chocolate peanut butter cookies to pack a punch of both chocolate and peanut butter flavor. They are made with cocoa powder, chocolate chips and ribbons of peanut butter.

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Labeled

When I made these last week both Trey and Harrison enjoyed sampling the dough. Trey wanted to help me develop some additional recipes and suggested I make cookies with chunks of dough in the cookie. I explained how baking worked and that he would just end up with cookies, since the dough would cook in. Undeterred he suggested that I serve these cookies as sandwiches with whipped cream. Future chef!

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

The key to these cookies is the ribbons of peanut butter running through them. I learned this technique from Dreena Burton’s Eat, Drink & Be Vegan cookbook. She has a cookie called “You Got Peanut Butter in my Chocolate Cookie”. In her recipe you use a knife to barely mix peanut butter into the chocolate cookie batter. This allows you to see and taste the peanut butter in the cookie. I recommend using cold (not softened) peanut butter when making this recipe. Soft peanut butter ends up mixing right into the dough and you lose the ribbons.

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Pan

If you are interested in making these to bring to school or an event where children may have allergies you can easily skip the peanut butter. Without the peanut butter you will have double chocolate cookies. These cookies are soft and moist, and popular with all ages.

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
 
These cookies are packed with melty chocolate chips and ribbons of peanut butter. This classic flavor combination delights all ages.
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Earth Balance, softened
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 TB ground Chia, mixed with ¼ cup Water
  • 1 TB Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
  • ¼ cup Peanut Butter, cold
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl mix butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar together until well combined. Stir in chia/water mixture and vanilla.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients until well mixed. Mix in chocolate chips until combined.
  5. Cut in peanut butter with a knife. Do not over mix. You should see ribbons of peanut butter in the cookie dough.
  6. Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls and place on lined baking sheet. Bake cookies for 9-10 minutes.

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Vegan S’mores Minus the Camping

I hate camping. I know, I know…camping is great, kids love it, you can enjoy nature, its so beautiful etc etc. As hard as I try I just hate the whole idea of camping. Sleeping outside or in a camper when I have a perfectly good home and bed is totally unappealing to me. Harrison has been trying for years to convince me that camping with Trey and the dogs will be great. It sounds like a complete nightmare. The roasting marshmallows for s’mores part of camping does seem fun, although I’d rather just do that over a fire pit in someone’s backyard. I decided to make vegan s’mores cookies so I could enjoy the one appealing part of camping without having to sleep on the ground.Vegan S'mores Pintrest

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